Category Archives: Resources

New natural stone selection app available

Marble Institute of America (MIA) has released Stones of North America Version 3, providing design and construction professionals with access to detailed information about stones quarried in North America. The free, comprehensive iPad app includes 31 new natural stones from more than 100 quarries, programming updates, and companion websites providing additional information. Architects, builders, and design professionals can search for natural stones by type, color, intended use, and distance from the project. For each type, …

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ConsensusDocs publishes commissioning contract

A new contract for projects using commissioning services is now available through ConsensusDocs Coalition. ConsensusDocs 820, Owner and Commissioning Authority Agreement, provides language for owners to employ when procuring commissioning services verify building system performance. Additionally, the contract establishes rights and obligations for the individual serving as the commission authority. It was developed with the help of AABC Commissioning Group (ACG), an association of certified commissioning authorities, along with input from American Society for Healthcare …

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Builder’s hardware certification video released

A video and two new infographics have been released by Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) to illustrate the organization’s certification process. The certification applies to locks, closers, exit devices, and other types of builder’s hardware with the goal of creating safer facilities. The four-minute video is aimed at architects, specifiers, or building owners, and provides a concise visualization of how hardware is certified. Commonly asked questions are answered about applications, lab testing, and audits with …

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Updated IECC roofing brochure available

A new brochure explains reroofing clarifications in the upcoming 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Released by Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing (the Center), and the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Associations (PIMA), the resource suggests most commercial reroofing projects involving the removal and replacement of an existing roof covering will need to be upgraded to the current IECC R-value levels. The document established definitions of various major roofing activities, including …

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New InterSpec website launched

Building information modeling (BIM) integrated specification software InterSpec has launched a redesigned website with design professionals in mind. The new site offers individual landing pages for each sector of the industry, featuring specific information, resources, and easily accessible e-SPEC information. Compatible with various browsers and mobile devices, users can watch online demos, register for webcasts, or request previously recorded presentations. They can also access product release information in the news section. Visit

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Seismic design publications released

The Vibration Isolation and Seismic Control Manufacturers Association (VISCMA) have released two documents for HVAC engineers. “Attachment of Sheet Metal Curbs to Roof Decks” examines the frequently overlooked design challenge of attaching seismically rated sheet metal curbs to structures. The resource addresses the assumption that an attachment will carry only the combination of a weight load and horizontal shear load generated by seismic forces. Secondly, “VAV Boxes and Small HVAC Component Restraints” outlines up-to-date technologies …

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